It is hard to conceive of why this share price has been so reluctant to move in the upwards direction. I can empathise with Easily-confused and Manboking and a few others who have been with this one on the long haul. My initial enthusiasm last fall has been tempered by the decline in my portfolio value. I too have wondered about the effect of the presidential race, but neither of the front runners are any threat to the privatisation of prisons. The odd thing is that pres election years are generally times for a boom in the stock market. However, if you take out the high tech effect the market has been in decline for the past year. I decided to increase my holdings in WHC at 9 3/4 but I may have to buy a little higher because the price now seems reluctant to dip there. With certain portions of the market teetering on collapse it is nice to have shares in something that is as secure as a government bond issue with 6 times the growth.